LAURINBURG — Scotland’s offense was as cold as the weather for most of Wednesday’s game, as the Scots fell to the visitors from Florida 7-2.
Coral Gables High School was in town to play Scotland in the last leg of their spring-break trip before returning to Florida. The Cavaliers started their season much earlier, and are now 14-4-1 with the win. Scotland, meanwhile, is still struggling to find their footing as they have had multiple games rained out.
The Scots could only manage five hits and two fifth-inning runs against Coral Gables’ pitching. The Cavaliers came out swinging, however. They fouled back pitch-after-pitch from starter Logan House. They put up their first run in the first inning before adding four in the third, two of which came on a Coco Montes single.
Coral Gables would score two more before the game was over as Elih Marerro recorded an RBI single in the fifth and German Reyes scored from third after a wild pitch in the seventh.
Scotland (1-4) will have to put Wednesday’s game behind them quickly, as they begin a stretch of Southeastern Conference games tonight against Pinecrest. They also play Hoke County on Friday, and cannot afford to fall behind in the conference race.
Scotland coach Jamie Coleman said it is very important for his team to get a win in the SEC.
“Last year we were down 0-2 before we got our act together and started playing and started paying attention to detail. I preach that to this group about that,” Coleman said. “We didn’t want to start sluggish, and unfortunately we’re in that predicament again this year. But I’m not giving up on these kids and our coaching staff is going to continue to coach them and push them.”
Justin Ingram, who came in to replace House on the mound in the fourth inning, scored the first run for Scotland in the fifth inning after H.B. Stone hit the ball down the first base line. Coral Gables’ Carlos Perez decided to tag Stone out at first instead of going for the play at the plate.
Dylan Ward came up next and hit an RBI single to left field to score Jon Bowling for Scotland’s second run. Besides the fifth inning, Scotland’s offense was quiet. When the Scots did get base runners through a walk or an error, Coral Gables’ pitching usually ended the inning without any further damage. Scotland left six men on base for the game.
“We had opportunities tonight and we’ve just got to put it together. Every game we’ve played we’ve been in, but there was a base running error here or an error there like Friday night,” Coleman said. “We’ve just got to put it behind us, learn from it and press on to the next game.”
House threw three innings while striking out four and walking three batters. He gave up four hits on the day. Ingram pitched the rest of the game and struck out three and walked four. He also gave up four hits.
“House did well. He had a bad inning right there but he kept competing . Ingram also got work and threw well. He got behind in the count some but he got back on track. That’s what these games are for. This is our fourth game and the kids are just trying to get some continuity,” Coleman said.